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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020
 
Sixth Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Վեցերորդ Կիրակի Յետ Խաչվերացի


READINGS OF THE DAY
Isaiah 20:2-21:6,   Galatians 4:3-18,    St. Luke 4:14-23

Տէր Փառէն Քհն. Գալստյան, Հոգեւոր Հովիւ
Reverend Fr. Paren Galstyan, Pastor
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Covid 19 Guidelines
Dear Friends,
We would like to remind all parishioners who are attending church in person to please continue following the guidance while attending church set by the dioceses during the Pandemic. Please always wear your mask while in the church at all times, use the hand sanitizer station while entering church, keep 6 ft apart in church and in the narthex area, sit in the designated areas in church and do not to enter the church hall. Your continued support is appreciated. 

Sincerely,
Soorp Haroutiun Parish Council


BDF explaining (Prayer, Truth, Money, Unity)

 

Four Action Items For Every Armenian

In a video conference call with church leaders this week, Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel laid out four action items that every Armenian should undertake in response to the war on our homeland.
 
About 150 viewers—including clergy, Diocesan delegates, parish council members, and leaders of church organizations—listened to his urgent call to all Armenian faithful, which proceeded under the title “Artsakh and Armenia: Our Struggle, Our Role.” The video meeting took place on Sunday, October 11.
 
In Bishop Daniel’s four action items, he urged his listeners to (1) offer prayers, (2) advocate for truth, (3) contribute financially, and (4) work in unity. In his remarks he elaborated on each in turn, presenting the actions as ways Armenian Americans could lend their own aid to the struggle in Armenia and Artsakh—aid that would be practical, effective, and respond to the most pressing needs of our homeland in the current crisis.
 
The Primate’s address was preceded by introductory remarks from Oscar Tatosian, longtime Diocesan Council member, who serves as the Republic of Armenia’s Honorary Consul in Chicago.
 
Also offering his perspective at the meeting was Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, the Diocesan Legate and Ecumenical Director, who detailed his efforts over the past weeks to summon support for the Armenian cause from sister churches, faith-based organizations, and the international ecumenical community.
 
Click here to read more—and to learn in detail about Bishop Daniel’s four action items for every member of our community: Prayer, Truth, Money, and Unity.
Click on the following link to watch a recording of Bishop Daniel’s message from video conference.


HHK2 appeal screenshot

 

Catholicos Karekin II: “These Are Decisive Days”

“For Artsakh there is not, nor can there be, any guarantee of security within Azerbaijan,” said the Catholicos of All Armenians. “This is not a war of choice for our nation. But we are obliged to wage war in self-defense.”
 
His Holiness Karekin II offered these solemn words in an October 14 video message, in which he appealed directly to Armenians in Artsakh, Armenia, and across the world; to world leaders whose countries “value human life, peace, and justice”; and, most poignantly, to the soldiers who currently risk their lives defending our homeland from invasion and destruction.
 
“Your valiant example has inspired the Armenian people throughout the diaspora to stand up, and to raise their voices for Artsakh and for victory,” Catholicos Karekin II said in his heartfelt, emotionally charged expression of admiration to Armenian soldiers and volunteers.
 
Click here to watch the recording of Catholicos Karekin II’s powerful message. To read an English version of the message in its entirety, click here.
Throughout this urgent time, the Eastern Diocese has appealed to people to act for the defense and preservation of Artsakh and Armenia. Here’s how:
 
(1) ADVOCATE: The Armenian Assembly of America and the Armenian National Committee are urging Congress and the Administration to condemn the Azeri aggression and demand its immediate cessation; to end U.S. financial aid to Azerbaijan; and to rein in Turkey from its military support of Azerbaijan. Both ANCA and the Assembly have made it easy for you to make your voice heard in support of these goals. Click these links to access their websites: ANCA.org and Armenian-Assembly.org. You can also take part in local and national public events in support of our homeland.
 
(2) DONATE: Armenia’s government is looking to the diaspora for financial as well as moral support. At the direction of the Primate, the Eastern Diocese will direct its fundraising efforts to Armenia Fund, with all American-Armenian organizations united in this approach. All funds collected will support civilian humanitarian aid. Contributions can be directed to the Armenia Fund, on its secure websites: ArmeniaFund.org and Himnadram.org. (Donations to the ArmeniaFund site are tax-deductible in the U.S.) You may also contribute by phone at (800) 888-8897. 
 
(3) PRAY: Keep Artsakh, Armenia, and our people in your prayers. As our Primate stresses, "Calling on the name of the Lord is the most powerful weapon we have at our disposal.” May God attend to our heartfelt prayers, and continue to bless, protect, and strengthen our sacred homeland, its peace-loving citizens, and its courageous defenders.


Thank you, everyone, for the donations which will be sent to Artsakh to aid our people in their time of need, for clothing, warmth, and protection from the cold weather. Your response is gratifying, inspiring and so appreciated. 

With help from generous people, such as yourself, and all our prayers for God’s love and strength, I know our Motherland and its people will feel God’s comfort.  I pray God will watch over our soldiers on the battlefield and offer them hope and protection. 

We will no longer be accepting donations due to the overwhelming response from you ALL! The outpouring of love is evidenced by the incredible amount of items that everyone has donated.

These attacks are heartbreaking but I know Armenia will prevail!  

Protest for Justice and Recognition

 

On Monday October 5, 2020, Armenians from all over Central Florida came together to protest the Turkish and Azerbaijani aggression which has led to an unforgiving war and the death of over 500 soldiers and civilians in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Armenia, even affecting cities such as Stepanakert. Marching through the streets of Downtown Orlando and gathering in front of City Hall, the Armenians, joined by their non-Armenian friends and supporters were protesting and demanding recognition and justice for the escalation of war in the region.

Click here to see more Pictures
Armenians organized a protest in front of the City Hall of Orlando city.
Click to see the video of the protest in Palm Beach, FL on Saturday, October 10, 2020

Prayer of the Week

Lord Jesus, please keep watch over your faithful people and the holy soil of Arstakh and Armenia, now and always.
    Grant them strength and lead them through this time of trial to a victorious and just peace. Amen.

Sunday Livestreams


Sundays: From 10.30 am to Noon.
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Prayer Requests for Our Faithful

Please keep Rev. Fr. Mampre Kouzouian, Margurit Balian, Arlin Baligian, Dee Bargamian, John and Iris Ganimian, John Gumushian, Anahid Frangul, Fimi Manguikian, Sarkis Minassian, Varant Movsessian, Talin Mukhjian,  Christian Tresppolacios, Anil & Surekha VaibhDr. Aida Khachadourian/Tchobanian, Sabrina Wood, Franco Vasquez in your prayers for physical and spiritual health.
Please register your 2020 membership
 
Many parishioners have told us that they would appreciate reminders about membership dues. So, this is our first reminder of the year!  Please take a look at your checkbook or other records.  If you have not yet submitted your membership dues for 2020, now is a great time to send in your 2020 Soorp Haroutiun membership dues.  Annual membership dues are $125 per person.
For your convenience, you will find a membership application on the table in the Narthex, which can be dropped off at the Church office.  Also, we are accepting your donations by credit card.
Click to Download the 2020 Membership Form
Click here to pay Membership Online

Thanks to Our 2020 Membership


Rita Arnold, Elisa Azarian, Vagan Babajanian, Leonardo Badiglian, Anton Balasanyan, Arlin & Patricic Baligian,  Khacho & Ghoson Bedrossian, Mariam Bezhanyan, Avedis Boornazian, Richard & Linda Boornazian, Dr. Gregory Boyajian, Diran & Anna Chamoun,  Liza Derbalian-Coredo, Albert Eckian, Anahid Frangoul, Gregory Chouljian, Yn. Anna Galstyan, Antibas & Suzanne Gumushian, Arman & Suna Hartenyan, Ishkhan Hunanyan, Michael Jefarjian, Hagob & Anais Karadjian, Linda Lowman, Mariia Malovana, Garo Mekhdjavakian, Dr. Artak Mirijanyan, Robert & Siranush Mkrtchyan, Armen Mkrtchyan, Grigor Mkrtchyan, Algis & Varsenig Nakutis, Ropen & Linda Nalbandian, Sargis Navoyan, Aram & Ana Nazarian, Joanne Periera, Ann Barsamian Polasek, George & Barbara Rustigian, Eduard Sarkissian, Rose Sarkissian, John Shahinian, Dr. Michael Tiraturian & Dr. Irina Sarafyan,  Drs. Aram & Aida Khachadourian/ Tchobanian, John Tegerian, Alice Tegrarian, Charles Tekesian, Marieta Vausquez, Garabed Veneskahian, Jerome & Lona Youderian, Asnot Zatikyan & Anna Mirijanyan.
Youth Bible Study this Saturday 

Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 5 P.M.
 
Topic: Youth Bible Study

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6249377521?pwd=N3k3UzNKZXpQMldlZ3JWMmN6QzJzQT09

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Help Us to Update Church Directory
Dear parishioners and friends, Parish Council of Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church is looking more people who can work and prepare the church Directory.
Calendar
  • Sunday, October 18: Sixth Sunday after Exaltation
  • Sunday, October 25: Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross
  • Saturday, October 31: Feast of All Saints
  • Sunday, November 1: 21st Anniversary of the Enthronement of Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians
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Prayer Request
Call during the week to request prayers, hokehankist, visitations to the sick, and house blessings. Please let Church office know if you are planning to have Hokehankist Service. It would be appreciated to have a light lunch or coffee hour following Badarak in memory of the deceased.
ALTAR FLOWERS
Altar flowers are a gift to the church. If a family wants to decorate the church with flowers, they are free to do so. If the family needs flowers for the reception hall or cemetery they should make prior arrangements.
 
Altar flowers donated by Mrs. Varsenig Nakutis in memory of her brother Haigazoun Terterian
Home or Hospital Bound
As an extended family of St. Gregory, many of our sick, elderly and home bound faithful are unable to attend Church. They may be at home or in the hospital but most importantly: They are not forgotten and we would like to make sure to visit them. If you know of someone who is unable to attend Church or is in need of a pastoral visitation, please inform Fr. Paren directly Email: armenianchurchorlando@gmail.com  or call the church office at 407-876-7732.
The Parish Council of Soorb Haroutiun Armenian Church of Orlando is looking forward to restart the Women's Guild in our church. We are asking those who are ready to help and interested on this to contact our Chairman Mr. John Shahinian or call to church office.
Click here to read more about the Woman's Guild of the Armenian Church of Eastern Diocese 

Home Blessing 

A number of families have invited Fr Paren to bless their homes. Der Hayr’s schedule is flexible to accommodate even the busiest parishioners. Please invite him to your home. You may contact him at the church at 407-876-7732 or cell phone (847) 732-7183. His email address is derparen@gmail.com

Supporting the People of Tavush

Fund for Armenian Relief and our Diocese  are partnering with the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Tavush, Armenia to support children and families living along the Armenia-Azeri border. Currently, villages in Noyemberyan and Berd regions need help to overcome the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which have been compounded by ongoing fighting on the border. Selected beneficiary families will receive, on a monthly basis, basic food packages, hygiene supplies, masks and sanitizers, and other household goods between November and March 2021.“We rely on the care and support of our faithful friends all around the United States as it is critical to stand by the families of our brothers and sisters in this precarious territory of Armenia, to safeguard the dignity of their lives, and help them feel safe and protected as they continue to guard our homeland,” said Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Primate of Tavush Diocese. To learn more, go here.To donate to support FAR's work, go here.

Click here for festival flyer.
Click here to register.
Click here for schedule.
Click to see the new diocesan educational initiative called Vemkar. The goal is for Vemkar to transform the way all our people grow in their Christian faith and commitment to the Armenian Church.

Click the following links for resources that will enrich your appreciation of the connection between Communion and healing:
  • READ: A post about St. Gregory the Illuminator, “The Golden Hammer”
  • LEARN: Catholicos St. Nersess the Great and Armenian Charity
  • CONTEMPLATE: “The Many Graces of St. Nersess Shnorhali”
  • WATCH: A video on St. Nersess Shnorhali in the Living Voices series.

Mission of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church

The Mission of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church is to preach the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ and to proclaim its message of Salvation. This mission is realized through worship, education, witness, service, and a common life in Jesus Christ as expressed in the distinctive faith – experience of the Armenian people. All members of the Armenian Church (both clergy and lay) are called to participate fully in its mission.

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